The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust – Supporting Our Heritage

Nine of Yorkshire’s finest churches and chapels have been awarded a share of over £46,000 for vital repairs works, thanks to the support from the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust at the latest YHCT grants committee. Churches receiving funding span the region from North, West and South Yorkshire, including Anglican and Catholic churches, with support offered for a range of repairs, restoration, and maintenance.

Four of the nine churches are from our own Diocese of Leeds, and in total they received grants worth £23,000:

  • St Joseph’s, Bradford (pictured above) – awarded £8,000 for a roof and stonework repair project.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes and St William’s, Bradford – awarded £3,000 to a repair project for the church’s West End, following dry rot.
  • St Edward’s, Clifford – awarded £8,000 for fabric repairs.
  • St Wilfrid’s, Ripon – awarded £4,000 for an altar repair project.

Founded in 1988, the YHCT was established with the aim of helping the preservation, repair and maintenance of churches within the historic boundary of Yorkshire, their monuments and features. Since its inception in 1988, it has funded almost £3,000,000 worth of grants to more than 800 churches in need.

Through the generosity of donors, members and the public, the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust is able to give around £100,000 a year to churches in need of repair and preservation.

The Diocese of Leeds is extremely grateful to the Trust for its on-going support of our efforts to preserve the architectural heritage of the Catholic Church in West and North Yorkshire.

For more information about the work of the Trust and how to become a member, or support its work go to